Monday, February 1, 2016

Do you feel like the only one who avoids the Super Bowl to honor God's Holy Sabbath Day?

Note: Today is the one year anniversary of writing this post, and receiving more intense positive and negative social media comments than any of my other posts. Today I felt prompted to share it again, in hopes of inviting people to consider God's word when deciding whether to watch the Super Bowl on God's holy Sabbath. Considering the LDS Church's current emphasis on the Sabbath, I wanted to share encouragement in that direction. There are also some great reader comments after the post! 

Note from a year ago: 
This blog post has created a bit of a stir!  Around 2,000 people have viewed it since yesterday when I posted it. Many people have agreed and been supportive in social media comments, and some have been defensive and critical. I apologize if I offended anyone. That was not my intent. I love you whether or not you watch a football game on the Sabbath. My intention was to support those who feel alone in choosing to avoid the game, and to invite each of us to consider our own hearts and actions, and invite us to follow the prophet even when it's hard. It seemed that people weren't aware that the prophets had spoken on this issue, so I wanted to share the doctrine. That's all. With love, Becky 


Sometimes I feel like the only family who doesn't watch the Super Bowl each year.  

I'm sure we're not alone, but even if we were, I'm fine with that. 

I just read a Facebook post where the Super Bowl was causing family contention, as the wife didn't think watching sports is an appropriate Sabbath activity, but the husband loves watching sports on Sundays. This post is not about how to handle marital contention where spouses disagree on an issue like this. That is a tricky issue and I would recommend praying to know how God would have you deal with that. Only the Lord knows the best way to reconcile doctrinal differences in marriage, and it might be a different approach for different couples. 

My point is to invite us to ask ourselves a question. Where are we looking for our standard of behavior - the world or God? Opinion or revelation? Culture, traditions of the fathers, and "what everybody is doing," or true doctrine from God's word? 

All of the comments after the Facebook post contained opinion, and most contained justification and moral relativism, "it's right if you think or feel it's right" or "it's right if the ends justify the means" or "It's right if it's family time." Zero comments contained any doctrine. People seemed convinced that there is no right and wrong. It seemed to me that it hadn't occurred to anyone that we should look for and follow what God says about it. It's sad to me that this happens on forums full of LDS people where doctrine and truth should be our standard.

It reminded me of a Sheri Dew talk where she said good women at her workplace were looking to Oprah and other sources for their standard, rather than looking to God's chosen leaders. (If anyone has a link to that talk, please send it to me!) So I commented with some prophetic counsel to the Facebook post on this issue. Here it is, in case you're like me and feel somewhat lonely in wanting to follow the prophet on this. 

Here's what I wrote in response: 

I don't feel that watching football is an appropriate Sabbath activity. There is prophetic counsel on this. For me, when the prophet speaks I do my best to obey, even if we might be the only family in the ward who have an Un-Super Bowl party on Sunday, where we eat treats and play Sabbath-type board games together while the rest of the families watch TV, including sometimes inappropriate and pornographic ads and half-time performers.

Elder Russell M. Nelson said:

He also said, "Not pursuing your “own pleasure” on the Sabbath requires self-discipline. You may have to deny yourself of something you might like. If you choose to delight yourself in the Lord, you will not permit yourself to treat it as any other day. Routine and recreational activities can be done some other time" ("The Sabbath is a Delight, Ensign, May 2015).
Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The Sabbath of the Lord is becoming the play day of the people. It is a day of golf and football on television, of buying and selling in our stores and markets. Are we moving to mainstream America as some observers believe? In this I fear we are. What a telling thing it is to see the parking lots of the markets filled on Sunday in communities that are predominately LDS. Our strength for the future, our resolution to grow the Church across the world, will be weakened if we violate the will of the Lord in this important matter. He has so very clearly spoken anciently and again in modern revelation. We cannot disregard with impunity that which He has said” (Ensign, Nov. 1997).

Here are some more quotes about the holy Sabbath. 

For the Strength of Youth says: "Sunday is not a day for shopping, recreation, or athletic events. Do not seek entertainment or make purchases on this day."

It's interesting to see so many opinions, moral relativism and justifications here, rather than looking for God's counsel and obeying it, even if it's hard. I think it's important to obey the prophet on all things, not just the convenient things. After seeing two prophets say that it's not God's will to watch sports on Sunday, and then saying, "Disobeying God by watching the Super Bowl on the holy Sabbath is right if it's family time" is kind of like saying some of these things: 
  • "I know stealing is wrong, but if we steal as a family that makes it right." 
  • "I know shopping on Sunday is wrong, but if it's family time that makes it right."
  • "I know drinking alcohol is wrong, but as long as we're drinking it as a family then it's right." 
  • My husband thought of this one: "It's okay to commit fornication because I'm obeying the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth." 
Those examples sound so silly, but do you see the parallel? When prophets of God speak, it's the voice of God (see D&C 1:38). And if we justify our actions by saying, "Well it's family time, so it's fine if I disobey God," that does not make the actions right. 

And looking to a bishop to say, "Well, my bishop is doing it so it must be right," is not a good justification. That reminds me of young children justifying their naughty behavior by saying, "But Billy did it too, so it's okay if I do it." My husband is a bishop and we obey the prophets, even if we feel alone.  

Elder Scott said, "Strength comes from making no exceptions to your principles" ("Finding Happiness, BYU Devotional, Aug. 19, 1997). Here is President Monson's counsel on doing the right thing even if we have to stand alone. 

Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “To you I have only one question: are you going to follow the true and living prophet or not?  It really isn’t any more complicated than that” ("When Shall These Things Be,” March 12, 1996, BYU Devotional).

I don't write this to criticize or offend. I write it to encourage others who may feel alone, so they know there are others who obey even on challenging issues like these. I also write to invite others to consider their own hearts and actions. It's easy to obey the prophet when there's no temptation or cultural pressure to disobey. But when everyone else is doing it, it can be really hard! I want to offer support, strength, and encouragement through God's word to help people obey the prophets on the hard things. I am strengthened immensely by learning God's doctrine on an issue (as Elder Packer said that understanding true doctrine changes attitudes and behavior), and by knowing other people are following it, that I'm not alone. 

This reminds me of the cafeteria style approach to obedience. 

Elder Russell M. Nelsen said, "[There are] people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps all of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith" (Ensign, May 2011). 

Cafeteria style obedience might look like these examples: 
  • I won't play football on Sunday. I'll just watch other people play football on Sunday.
  • I'll dress modestly...except when it's time for the prom dance. Then it's okay to wear a strapless, tight dress. Or I'll dress modestly by keeping myself covered up, except I'll wear tight jeans, tight leggings, or tight shirts. (Girls, the good young men I talk with, including those in my seminary class, REALLY appreciate when you avoid tight clothes!)
  • I'll keep the Lord's standards of dating only after age 16, I'll date only in groups, and do wholesome activities, but I'll have a steady boyfriend or girlfriend before marriageable age. 
  • I won't kill or commit adultery, but I'll watch other people kill and commit adultery in TV shows and movies. And I'll virtually kill others for hours and hours on a computer game. (Christ said, "or anything like unto it...")
  • I won't do drugs, smoke, or drink alcohol, but it's fine if I have an addiction to health-damaging caffeine drinks, including energy drinks.  

President James E. Faust said, “Some addictions can control us to the point where they take away our God-given agency. One of Satan’s great tools is to find ways to control us. Consequently, we should abstain from anything that would keep us from fulfilling the Lord’s purposes for us, whereby the blessings of eternity may hang in jeopardy. … Any kind of addiction inflicts a terrible price in pain and suffering, and it can even affect us spiritually” (“The Power to Change,” Ensign, Nov. 2007).

Neal A. Maxwell said, "Even if we decide to leave Babylon, some of us endeavor to keep a second residence there, or we commute there on weekends. ... As Church members, we should be part of that sin-resistant counterculture. ... If, in the end, you have not chosen Jesus Christ it will not matter what you have chosen.” (The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book) 

I know we are all on a path, and it's not realistic to expect any of us to be perfect in all things right now. The plan is to do our best to learn and align ourselves with God's will, pray for strength and guidance to obey it, and repent when we fall short and then try again. We can ask God to help us change our desires (see Mosiah 5:2) and make us into new creatures. We can set goals and work on becoming more and more aligned with God's will. And we can study God's word on a given topic, remembering that understanding true doctrine changes attitudes and behavior. We can pray for and receive our own spiritual witness that something is the Lord's will for us. We can ask for and receive the empowering, enabling power of Christ's Atonement, the grace part that Elder Bednar taught so beautifully. 

Here is what President Harold B. Lee said about it. "Now, if you have made mistakes, make today the beginning of a change of your lives. Turn from the thing that you have been doing that is wrong. The most important of all the commandments of God is that one that you are having the most difficulty keeping today. If it is one of dishonesty, if it is one of unchastity, if it is one of falsifying, not telling the truth, today is the day for you to work on that until you have been able to conquer that weakness. Put that aright and then you start on the next one that is most difficult for you to keep. That’s the way to sanctify yourself by keeping the commandments of God" (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 82).

I'm certainly not perfect, and I'm quite sure I have blind spots in my obedience too. If so, I hope the Lord will help me see them and help me do better. We are all learning and growing line upon line. The good news is, because of Christ's Atonement, each one of us can have a fresh start and start living a higher standard of obedience in any of these areas right now, this very moment. Repentance and change are real, and as Sheri Dew said, 

"The happiest people I know are those who repent regularly and obey" ("You Were Born to Lead, You Were Born for Glory," BYU Devotional, December 9, 2003).

I want to put in a plug here for people who love their family members who love the Super Bowl (or whatever the issue is) AND also love and want to obey God. 

I do not have the answers, but God does. I have been heartened by comments of people who have found alternate ways to maintain a family tradition while still doing their best to obey the Sabbath day commandment. Some have a Super Bowl party on Monday night and invite others over who also avoid the game on Sunday. My seminary teacher colleague loves sports and he wakes up early the next morning to watch the game. My friend attends the party but eats food and chats with the ladies in the kitchen rather than sitting and watching the game. I don't have the answers to this challenge, but God does. 

If you have a desire to protect precious relationships with people who have traditions you don't agree with AND you want to obey God's commandments, I invite you to make it a matter of prayer and scripture study. It is a sweet experience to receive your own answers of what God would have you do. It may take time, but you'll be guided, and God will appreciate your sincere desire to follow Him with hard things. Here's one more quote by Neal A. Maxwell: “If we are serious about our discipleship, Jesus will eventually request each of us to do those very things which are most difficult for us to do.” (The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book). 

P.S. Also, did you know the Super Bowl is the biggest prostitution event in America? Deseret News covered that here.


Dana said...

Becky! So glad you said something. This is a needed discussion.

kristy virgin said...

Thank you for sharing! I too sometimes feel alone in obedience in many areas. I will stand though! Even if I'm alone :)

Becky Edwards said...

Dana and Kristy, Thank you for your comments. God bless you both for your obedience!

Lauri Wiseman said...

Keeping the Sabbath day holy... the key word is "HOLY". Would you consider the Superbowl (or other activities in question) holy? The Sabbath day is a day to "rest" from the things of the world to focus on the things of the Spirit. It's the Lord's day.

Seems to me that if Sunday is the day of worship, then what you focus on that day is what you worship!

Becky Edwards said...

Lauri, that is a good point. What you do on the Sabbath is what you worship!

Alisa said...

Thank you! Great post!

Angie Nichols said...

You're not the only family not watching . Thank you for the quotes! I gained a testimony of really observing the sabbath day when I was a youth- my dad had switched jobs for a big paycut but greater future possibilities and we were really struggling financially. Then things started to break- big expensive things- dishwasher, vehicles, etc... My parents held a family meeting and my mom said she had been praying to know what to do and the answer was to more perfectly observe the sabbath day. So that's what we did. We even went so far as changing from our Sunday dresses into other dresses after church which I think helped us remember it was Sunday. The blessings that came were amazing- including a family friend who had recently married giving our family a car they didn't need anymore. It just goes to show- if you really want a testimony of something, follow the commandment and the blessings will come.

Gracious Pack said...

Becky, you are not alone...we are with you:) This year was particularly hard for me because I grew up in Seattle and my family are huge Seahawks fans. Tonight my entire extended family was at my brother's house having a huge party which we don't attend. We have definitely learned to stand alone:) (This is Sara on Gracious' account)

Mahershalalhashbaz said...

The blessings from keeping the Sabbath day holy are incredible. Way more than even winning the super bowl, let alone watching it. Foolish to give them up for a stupid game.

Gina said...

We don't watch it either. Our Stake Pres. actually kind of called everyone out on it it at Stake Conference today. He said it's becoming more like "come unto the Superbowl" than it is "Come unto Christ". One year we took our kids to visit an older widow in the ward on the evening of the Superbowl. She was shocked and said, "You came to visit me? On the superbowl?" She couldn't believe we weren't watching it. It felt good to be in the minority that night.

Jared said...

Amen! Loved this

Joyce Kinmont said...

Great article! Will the Super Bowl be part of the Zion we are to be building? One of my favorite talks is David Stone's Zion in the Midst of Babylon.

Charity said...

It's important to not keep a foot on both sides of the line. As society continues to demoralize we need to be consistent in our behavior so that our children will not be surprised when we choose an unpopular significant moral stance.

Edeemon said...

Awesome. I wish more in the Church would follow the Prophet.

Melinda said...

Great post!! We are huge football, and Seahawks fans in our home! However The Lord must be first on our list. We actually stay off internet and try to limit movies to living scriptures and religious documentaries! Stand for what's right- even when you have to stand alone!

Becky Edwards said...

I'm posting this with permission from Vera Bokermann Frazier who tried to post it but it didnt' work:

One year when I was teaching the 16 year old's in Sunday school, it was Super bowl Sunday. They were talking about how exited they were to go home and watch it. I asked them in kind of a shocked way:"You mean you're going to watch football on the Sabbath"? Oh, they said,this isn't just football;it's the Super Bowl! They assured me that they didn't usually watch football on Sunday, and that this was just once a year; so it would surely be OK. I said a very quick prayer in my heart for guidance on how to handle this. The thing that popped in to my head right then was:" So you mean to tell me that keeping the Sabbath isn't hard for you except for that one day a year? Oh yeah, that's right they all agreed. So you mean it's no big deal keeping the Sabbath day holy all year; but the one day, when you are really tempted, and could actually show the Lord what you're made of you blow it? Dead silence filled the room, and their faces dropped like rocks. Next Sunday there were actually a couple that decided not to watch, but the ones who's father couldn't think of any thing better to do that day, fell in to the same trap, set by we all know who. You can justify anything. It makes justification so easy, when you can call it "Family time"! When the Prophet speaks, the debate is over!!! Thank you for sharing this, and quoting the Prophets. I shared this with my foot ball loving family members, who for years now, have chosen not to watch Foot ball of any kind on the Lords day!!

Jeri Porcaro said...

I've really been struggling with how to best keep the Sabbath Day Holy, and how to teach my children to also- especially on days like today when our team (we live near Seattle, WA) is in the Superbowl... I've been praying for strength to do the right thing.

Then I read your post, that with clarity shares the words of the prophet and apostles telling us very specifically what is right.

I felt torn all day about this. Our family has been in contention. I went against my better judgment and against what I felt was right- I tried to enjoy the game with my daughter and her friend but just couldn't quite get into it. I have felt a growing knowledge and understanding that watching the game was not where we should be.

By the end of the first half I had decided to turn off the game at half time and check in via FB with my kids who were away- your post came up and I knew it was an answer to my personal struggle and plea to the Father for leverage and strength to stop compromising. Just stop.

As half time approached, the girls said their goodbyes. Our guest was being picked up by her mom to attend their family's Superbowl Party.

Thinking it would ease my conscience a bit, I searched FB for something gospel related that we could read during half time.

I asked my 12 year old daughter to turn off the TV and invited her to read your blog post. Together we read aloud your post and then watched the video of our Prophet- both of us felt the spirit testify of the truth in what we read and heard.

At the end of the post, my daughter humbly and reverently said "Mom- we're not going to turn the game back on are we- it just wouldn't be right."

"No, we're not. It wouldn't be right- not when we know we have been counseled by the prophet and commanded to keep the Sabbath day Holy." I explained to her that I had felt torn.

Meekly I talked with her about the ways I had compromised and tried to justify purchases and preparing a party for the game and I told her again why this was wrong.

"Now we both know and we both know that we both know the lines and I hope we can help each other do good and worthy things on the Sabbath."

So, we won't see who wins and that's alright with us. We feel better now- like the girl who went to the movie- but made the right decision to get up and leave when she knew it was wrong for her to be there.

Our little non member visitor had already gone home and so it was that much more simple to keep the TV off. I mention this because for me, and for my daughter this was a tender mercy- had our friend still been visiting with the intent and expectation to watch the Superbowl- this could have possibly ended differently. The Lord knew this and the option was kindly lifted; this too spoke to my heart of the Lord's Grace and willingness to meet us where we are when we sincerely choose and take steps to follow Him.

I believe the Lord knew what we could handle and what we were ready, able and willing to do.

We had a table filled with party food- yet we were hungry... Our daily family prayers and scripture study is changing our appetites; truly, we hungered and thirsted after righteousness.

Timing is everything- and the game score no longer mattered. Nourished by scripture, gospel truths and words of the prophets contained in your post, this mother and daughter were strengthened. Together we felt sweet assurance and peace as the Spirit confirmed to us what was right in answer to our prayers.

Becky, thank you for your post- for your testimony and example; I believe you have strengthened and nourished many. And what you've offered today by sharing truth and affirming the commandments and words of the prophets is far better than any football game or party food, including chicken wings.

Rachel said...

Becky, I LOVE this post. I appreciate how carefully and thoughtfully you compiled all of this inspiring information. Thank you for taking the time to make it so easy for others to have solid information to help form their personal beliefs. Your perspective is what I've been feeling, but I've lacked the ability to say it so eloquently. Well written. Thank You!

Bebe McGooch said...

Becky, thank you for your post.

Honestly, my family has had a Super Bowl party for years, and I haven't really thought about not watching it. I will bring this up with them later, because honestly, no one really cared about the game, we just wanted an excuse to get together. Thanks for putting it into perspective, and for reminding me the importance of the Sabbath Day.

Bebe McGooch said...

Also, I saw you at the homeschool conference last weekend! But you were far away, and it wasn't convenient for me to say hello at that moment. :)

Becky Edwards said...

Thank you for your kind comments everyone! It's great to feel the encouragement and support of others who are doing their best to obey the prophet in ways that aren't always popular. And Jeri, your story made me weep. I love how teachable and soft your heart is to learn another way and immediately follow the words of the prophets. Way to go!

Jenni Young said...

At Becky's request, I am sharing what I had posted in one of my Facebook groups on Saturday, before the Superbowl. It was in LDS Singles(40 & Older)group.

"I've really been struggling with this through out the week.
The Super Bowl.
I always get really excited about it! I LOVE watching it with friends!
But I have just had this nagging feeling in my gut about going this time.
I have decided to not support the big game tomorrow, and this is why.
Tomorrow is the Sabbath.
I shouldn't really need to list any other reasons beyond that.
But here are the others...
Katy Perry.
Remember how she shocked us all with her debut hit "I kissed a girl and I liked it" and yet she has warmed her way into many of our hearts, homes and cars with her fun and trendy pop songs... She was raised in a solid Christian home and has turned her back on God and what she was taught.
She's going to be rocking the stage in front of us just hours after many ofus have just partaken of the sacrament, a sacred and holy ordinece.
The plethora of cute and catchy and enticing commercials promoting beer.
The loud, rowdy and sometimes hostile environment that is always present at football games.
I have made covenents and I'm trying to be as obedient to all of them as I can be. And it just dawned on me why I was feeling uneasy about going tothe party tomorrow.
Please understand that my intention in this post is to enlighten and to share the insight that just came to me this morning. It is not to judge! Or to condemn...
I'm not going to judge if you watch the game. We all view things differently. This is just how I see it and maybe someone can benefit from this post...
Sorry for bailing on the party tomorrow guys"!

Jenni Young said...

(continued from the above comment)

***After several attacking comments and some contention that arose between those commenters and the ones who were supportive of me and my right to share this, I commented with this:

"You know how at times we get promptings to share something we have learned with others? When our minds have been enlightened by the spirit and we get an overwhelming nudge to open our mouths? I felt that way about sharing what I experienced yesterday with this group. And then as quickly as it came my thoughts were something like, "Yeah, right! I'm not putting my thoughts out there like that. Not in that group. They'll shred me because it will look like I'm up on a soap box saying look at me, I'm better than you!"
I let it go.

The push got stronger. The feeling came over me that I needed to share my reasons why I wasn't going to watch the Super bowl.
And then a comforting feeling came over me, as I thought that maybe by me sharing this, someone else might want to raise their level of obedience up a notch.

Like I said in the post, I'm not judging. I completely understand that we are all on different paths and we all see and do things differently. The greatest gift our Heavenly Father has given us is our agency. And I respect that.
And even with the contrary comments, I understand you're need to speak your mind. And I expected that. After reading through them, my feelings have not been hurt. And despite comments like "that is better left in your head" or "the time you spent writing this thread you could have done a million more important things", I'm sure that in the future, when the Spirit nudges me again to share something uplifting or enlightening with this group, I will.
I know how my life has changed and how my light grows brighter when others share their uplifting experiences. And hopefully somebody else's light can grow brighter from what I share.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, however you spend it!"

What Becky observed with her post and what I observed in mine, as well as many of you, is that the guilty take the truth to be hard. It has given me a deeper understanding of how jaded we become to the level of wickedness in the world and in ourselves, when we cut corners and rationalize our obedience with the commandments.

1st Nephi 16
1 And now it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had made an end of speaking to my brethren, behold they said unto me: Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear.

2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.

3 And now my brethren, if ye were righteous and were willing to hearken to the truth, and give heed unto it, that ye might walk uprightly before God, then ye would not murmur because of the truth, and say: Thou speakest hard things against us.

STRICT Obedience is becoming ever more so evident that it is the only way we are going to survive the turbulance of these last days!

Lisa Cardon said...

The last time i watched the super bowl, and had a party with relatives was about 9 years ago. Their were four of my little boys age 11, 9, 7,7. We watched it in our big theater room, with a big, big screen. After the game, immediately went to a commercial with a man standing in the shower, with three women; sponging him off with soap and water. Nobody could find the remote to change the channel. My boys stared, in complete shock. Commercial over, remote found. Shocked little boys.. They are now 21, 19, 16, 16, and we've never watched the super bowl again! I don't care if we are the only ones to come to church. Never again.

Julie B. said...

There are so many blessings that come from keeping the Sabbath day holy. Is it worth it to break a commandment for a football game? I don't think so. I have need of any and all blessings I can get, lol! By the way, I LOVE your blog! :)

Mariah said...

Thank you for this post. I am a big football fan and we've always had Super Bowl parties with the family like so many others. Lately, I've just been feeling like it is not appropriate for the Sabbath. Especially considering the increased and renewed emphasis on keeping the Sabbath day holy. The promises of doing so are worth far more to me than watching a football game especially when it encourages such horrible behavior as mentioned in the DesNews article!

Becky Edwards said...

Mariah, Yes, I have loved the Church's emphasis on honoring the Sabbath. Good for you for having a teachable heart and open to considering a different way than what you were used to. Traditions of the fathers can be hard to change. God bless you!

Jeff said...

Just stumbled across this and wanted to add my 2¢ of support. I joined the Church in 1991, but it took me years to figure out that some Church members actually watch the Super Bowl. For me, it just seemed so obvious, I was shocked that some others—few though they may be—didn’t feel the same.

So anyway, no, I’ve never felt like the only one, and I’ve always thought those who did watch the Super Bowl (or any sport) on the Sabbath were kind of weird. Bottom line: you’re far from alone.

John Fronk said...

I kind of wish my wife hadn't sent me your message or blog, but I'm glad she did. I've been debating this issue in my mind for awhile because I love football. Some of my fondest memories are watching football as a kid with my family. Now I don't know what I'm going to do because somebody is going to tell me the score before I can watch it on Monday. I'll have to figure something out. You did a very good job writing this blog. My only issue is the item at the end about the Super Bowl being the biggest prostitution event of the year. I don't think it really fit in with your argument about not watching on Sunday. That's like saying you shouldn't use a computer because it's the biggest medium of porn on earth. For some reason, that really bothered me. These are two separate issues. Sorry for being so touchy. Anyway, thank you for the great advise.

Becky Edwards said...

John, thank you for your kind comments and your tactful honesty. I can see where you're coming from with the Deseret News link about prostitution. I have a friend who came from a family line of child trafficked women, so this issue is close to my heart. That's probably why I decided to add it as a "PS" a year ago. I think you will agree that there definitely is immodesty involved in the cheerleaders, half time show, and commercials. After many years of studying media, I see a link between milder forms of immodesty, pornography, and human sex trafficking. It starts small and builds the appetite for more. That was probably my thought process. Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

Becky, thanks for your wonderful insights on this topic!

A promise of protection for keeping the Sabbath Day Holy (and an ominous warning) from Jeremiah 17

21 Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein;

25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.

26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the Lord.

27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

John Fronk said...

It was very lonely watching the Super Bowl Monday morning all by myself.

Adri Ruby said...

I thought we were the only family who didn't watch the Super Bowl:) I'm so glad to know we aren't the only ones. I have never felt cheated for not watching it. I have never thought, "I wish I had watched it this year". We had a great time doing other family things on Super Bowl Sunday that will bring us blessings. The Super Bowl has come and gone, but honoring the Sabbath is a weekly delight to us. Thank you for your support!